TTi is recognized for Elan Awards at the 26th Annual ICMA Expo

Inver Grove Heights, MN - Travel Tags, Inc. has been recognized for excellence by the International Card Manufacturers Association (ICMA), a global trade association for card manufacturers, personalizers, issuers and suppliers, at the 2016 Elan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence.

Jeffrey Barnhart, ICMA founder and executive director, revealed the winners at a festive carnival themed evening reception and dinner held April 6 at Universal's Loews Royal Pacific Resort in Orlando, Florida, during the 26th Annual ICMA EXPO. 

TTi participated in the Loyalty, Promotional and Gift Cards category, wining both Finalist spots for the Cabela's Shooting Clay Lenticular card, manufactured for Cabela's, and the Starbucks Special Edition Kona Heritage Card, manufactured for Starbucks Coffee Company. 

Cabela's Shooting Clay Lenticular Card

Cabela's was interested in a lenticular card for their gift card offering and approached an expert in the field. Travel Tags' Creative Team was able to enhance Cabela's artwork and make it lenticular-ready with multiple motion and depth effects. For this particular card, the lenticular print features an up/down multiphase effect, flipping between three stages of a person shooting a clay disc mid-air. 


Starbucks Special Edition Kona Heritage Card

This special-edition Kona Heritage Card is made with recycled burlap coffee bags and features a design of the original Pike Place, celebrating the birthplace of Starbucks Coffee Company. This one-of-a-kind Kona paper is the result of converting post-consumer waste into a whole new element. It is estimated that more than 10 million burlap bags of coffee are traded globally, providing thousands of tons of burlap for repurposing into products like this paper. In each card, a slight rough texture can be felt with noticeable pieces of jute, or paper fibers. The card features beautiful gold foil stamping, informing the recipient of its unique elements. In addition, the top layer has been debossed in register to the printing, highlighting the Pike Place storefront.


In the global arena of world-class cards, the ICMA Elan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence celebrates the pinnacle of design innovation, security, and technical achievements in the industry by leading manufacturers from around the globe. "We're proud to be recognized in conjunction with the pretigious brands we work with. It's our mission to engage with clients to not only provide them with a product but to create growth for their brands through innovative solutions," says Jeff Horst, Creative Director for TTi. 

Click here for a complete list of winners and finalists of the 2016 Elan Awards. Congratulations to all for their achievement!


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Travel Tags Reflects on 40 Years of Expertise

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, MN - Travel Tags, a global manufacturer and fulfillment house of unique gift card solutions, is embarking on their 40th anniversary in 2013. The company has an impressive history as an innovative trend leader; generating customer-driven solutions, quality products and on-time delivery as a brand partner for every card need. The company will celebrate their customer relationships, employees and partnerships with appreciation events throughout 2013. 

The organization began in 1973 as a printer of luggage tags and travel accessories in Minneapolis, MN and throughout their 40 year history has strategically acquired key industry assets. In 2012, Travel Tags shipped to 35 countries and produced over 500 million gift cards.

Travel Tags has been on the forefront of the gift card industry, from the production of Target’s first gift card in 1999, to pioneering the lenticular design and printing method to the introduction of the first plastic gift card made from recycled milk jugs. “Our 40 years has been an amazing progression within an evolving market,” said Wade Crecelius, President at Travel Tags, Inc. “And we continue to ask the important questions like ‘how can we help our customers stand out from their competition?’ ‘How can we help a company bring their brand to life?’ ‘How can we help organizations find their potential in a marketplace when technology shifts, such as the addition of virtual cards, takes place?’ We know these answers because we have taken the time to understand the landscape and our customers. We aren’t a vendor. We are an innovative partner, who is thankful, as we enter our 40th year, that our customers have let us be a contributor to the success of their brand.”

Travel Tags is a multi-year winner of the International Card Manufacturers Élan Award, earning such honors as People’s Choice, Judges Choice and Best Gift Card of the year. The organization services clients at top fashion retailers, consumer product manufacturers and entertainment producers with on-demand or large volume orders and turnkey solutions that include design, eCommerce, card fulfillment, secure packaging and personalized green alternatives.

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Travel Tags Brings Home the ICMA Elan Award for Best Gift Card of 2011

Wal-Mart Stained Glass CardMIAMI, FL – Travel Tags, Inc and Wal-Mart were honored at the 2012 ICMA Elan Awards for winning the award for “Best Gift Card of 2011” with the submission of their Stained Glass Manger gift card, at the ICMA EXPO in Miami, Florida on April 17, 2012.

The gift card was designed and printed for Wal-Mart for the 2011 Holiday season. It was a very successful attempt to replicate a stained glass window featuring the Nativity. The translucent ink effect used for the glass and raised black silkscreen layer between the window elements really helped to give the card a sense of depth and separation.

“Our team worked hard up front to come up with a manufacturing process that would make the Stained Glass Nativity card looks as much like stained glass as possible. It was fulfilling to not only see that the finished product looked better than expected, but that others in the industry felt the same by awarding it the Elan Award For Best Gift Card of 2011,” said Ryan Schreier, sales rep of Travel Tags.

The ICMA or International Card Manufacturers Association is a non-profit association of plastic card manufacturers and card services providers. They serve and promote the plastic card industry and its products.

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